Letter: Anne Thomas, Leesburg

Editor: Up to 400,000 thousand Virginians who are desperately in need of health care coverage are locked out because the Virginia General Assembly refuses to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

Del. Tag Greason (R-32) has consistently voted against accepting the federal dollars. The Affordable Care Act extended the state-federal Medicaid program, but the Supreme Court ruled that each state could decide whether to accept this federal money. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia voted to accept the federal dollars, but the Virginia legislature voted again and again not to accept this federal funding. Our legislature has blocked tax dollars returning to the state.

The result is the loss of up to $10 billion in revenue to the state of Virginia. In the meantime, Virginia taxpayers are paying for Medicaid expansion in Maryland, West Virginia and DC. Our people need health care, our hospitals including our rural ones are in serious need and these federal tax dollars could create 30,000 jobs.

We need new leadership in Richmond. Fortunately, we have someone: David Reid is running for the 32nd House of Delegates in the November election. Reid supports Medicaid expansion and universal health care.

Anne Thomas, Leesburg

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  • 2017-05-13 at 10:10 am

    Curious where the numbers come from, and if you’re thinking about where the money comes from.

    Let’s start with the population of Virginia – roughly 8.4 million. Since Medicaid is a program for those under 65, we’ll subtract the approx. 990 thousand 65 or older. We’re left with 7.4 million under 65. Medicaid.gov reports nearly 1,000,000 of us (over 13%) are already covered by Medicaid. And you want to add 400,000 more, bringing it up to 19%. It doesn’t seem right that 1 out of 5 of us under 65 are in need.

    And if it is 1 in 5, we need to look at where the problem really is. Seems that expanding Medicaid would be putting a bandaid over the situation (pun intended).

    You stated that covering these additional 400,000 will bring in $10 billion in extra revenue. That means that each person covered under Medicaid is costing us taxpayers $25,000. That’s each new person. If it costs $25k to cover a person in Medicaid, we really need to scrap Medicaid and find some other way.

    Your candidate supports Universal Health Care. This keeps coming up. Does your candidate have any ideas on what that would cost?

    I’m not trying to be snarky or hyper critical. The only way out of the ACA/AHCA mess we’re in is for us to figure it out, because the politicians seem incapable.

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